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Fashion photography - glamorous, provocative, beautiful, accomplished, and magical - has been associated with some of the most famous names in the history of the medium since the early years of the 20th century.

Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm; Sunday 12pm - 7pm

Who is this for? - All
Dates: 15 June 2013 - 8 September 2013
Cost: £5; Concessions £3.50; £2.50 for children aged 5 to 15 inclusive; £11 for a family ticket for two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Other ticketing options are available; please ask at the venue.

The great American photographer Edward Steichen took what were probably the first fashion photographs in 1911. Since then it has become a unique platform for experimentation, balanced between commerce and creativity, recording the Zeitgeist and capturing individual dreams and desires.

The legendary publisher Condé Nast recognised this very early on and created a distinctive style for his magazines, elevating haute couture and turning fashion photography into an art form. With his keen sense for discovering new talents, he found the best photographers and promoted their careers, a tradition continued by subsequent editors and art directors at Condé Nast.

The exhibition shows early work by such luminaries as Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Guy Bourdin, Corinne Day, Mario Testino and Sølve Sundsbø as it appeared in the pages of Vogue, Glamour and other Condé Nast publications.

With unprecedented access to the Condé Nast archives in New York, Paris, London and Milan, the curator Nathalie Herschdorfer has gathered original prints, as well as pages from the actual magazines. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see the work of over eighty photographers right at the outset of their careers.

This exhibition has been organised by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with City Art Centre, Edinburgh.

Image: Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia, September 2002

© Miles Aldridge

Vogue Magazine article
Glamour Magazine article
City of Edinburgh Council Pinterest board

Spotlight Tours: These 30 minute tours will focus on key works in the exhibition.

Saturday, Tuesday and Friday at 1pm. Meet in the gallery reception area.

Dressed to Impress: Exploring Studio Portraiture

Secondary school kids, come along on Tuesdays in the school holidays between 2pm and 4pm and try our dress up corner in the gallery. Get dressed in dashing hats and explore with pastels and drawing materials in creating a sketch of yourself. Our gallery staff will photograph you in action.


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